The Lochsa River, Lolo Pass, and Back to Missoula

Jun 26th 2009 — Biking,Montana and Idaho Loop — 8:43 am

These pictures cover parts of the last 3 days of our trip. After Orofino we camped by the Clearwater River 2 miles out of Lowell, Idaho. The next day had 60 some miles of biking by the Lochsa River on the surprisingly empty Highway 12.

The last day we spent the morning climbing up to Lolo Pass, and then the afternoon was almost completely downhill into Missoula. I was a little worried about Highway 12, but once we passed Kamiah it was some of my favorite riding of the whole trip. For over 100 miles we were right beside either the Lochsa or the Clearwater Rivers with almost no traffic.

Long Haul Hamburger Jeff Eating John Eating Dworshack Dam Lewis and Clark Wilderness Self Portrait Road After Rainstorm Lochsa River Lochsa River Waiting After Rain Group


  1. Michael- Awesome pictures! I can tell you are not using a disposable camera on the trip. If you could not figure out from my name, I am Jeff (I mean Busy’s) brother. Looks like you survived 2 weeks of bike riding with 2 of 3 Spence men – congrats! You should get a t-shirt that reads “I survived the MT & ID bike ride with the Spences, but all I got was this lousy t-shirt” – Just kidding. Anyways, I enjoyed the photos and wish I could have been able to join the fun and adventure. Guess I can live vicariously through your blog 🙂

    Geoffs up. Hoes down.

    Comment by Mike Spence — June 26, 2009 @ 10:27 am
  2. Michael- excellent pictures and travelogue- I tried to do some wordpress but was having difficulty getting the pictures in the way I wanted them. I’ll keep working on that. Thanks to you and Jeff for letting me participate in the trip- it was awesome!!

    Comment by John — June 26, 2009 @ 10:36 am
  3. Like father, like son — love the burger shots! Mmmmm good.

    Love the stoically rugged, handsome self portrait too! Maybe all you needed was a burger – then you’d be sporting a goofy grin.

    Comment by Hilary — June 26, 2009 @ 10:37 am
  4. What a delightful combination of fun, beauty, outdoors, and hard work! Again, thanks for sharing the views!

    Comment by eliza — June 26, 2009 @ 2:29 pm
  5. Mike…thank you for the comment. I found the other two male Spences very “survivable”. It was a great trip.

    John…Glad to have you along. We did a lot of hilly miles and you were right there with us. Hope life back in Iowa is treating you well.

    Comment by michael — June 29, 2009 @ 4:05 pm

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